‘Game of Thrones’ Shocker Episode Draws 6.3 Million

Game of Thrones Joffrey Death

The second episode of the fourth season of “Game of Thrones” brought in a solid 6.3 million viewers to its 9 p.m. viewing. While that number is up 48% in comparison to last season’s second episode, it is a little shy of the 6.6 million who showed up for last week’s season premiere.

The episode earned another 1.7 million viewers across two replays, bringing the night’s tally to 8 million viewers (within 2% of last week).

Given that this episode included a shocking ending involving the loss of a pivotal character — and that Sunday saw the return of AMC’s “Mad Men” (albeit in a different time slot) as well as the annual MTV Movie Awards — it will be interesting to see how DVR playbacks contribute to the final numbers.

As far as other HBO shows, “Silicon Valley’s” 10 p.m. showing averaged 1.7 million viewers with a gross audience of 2.2 million and “Veep” delivered 860,000 viewers at 10:30 p.m. and had a gross audience of 1.4 million viewers for the night.

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  1. ryan amyot says:

    You say a pivotal character dies, and the you show his picture? Way to ruin it for everyone who hasn’t seen it yet.

    • Dynnik says:

      @Variety: I second the above comment. Do something about your *spoilers*. You ruined the final episode of “Breaking Bad” for me… But at least I had seen GOT s4e2 before all your recent spoiler rampage. :(

  2. Kyle says:

    There was a free hbo event the weekend of the premiere.. Couldn’t lack of hbo on week 2 affect ratings?

  3. sustainablesteven says:

    worst episode ever, I cried myself to sleep. I dobt Ill watch it no that my favorite character is dead.

  4. V says:

    Most heartwarming GoT ending to date

  5. Loved the “Purple Wedding” episode last night! Spoiler Shield is the only way to prevent spoilers in 2014! http://www.SpoilerShield.com

  6. The Kingslayer says:

    I am sure we’ll see an increase next week after that satisfying ending.

  7. F S N says:

    Reblogged this on The Now.

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